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Stance Healthcare is MAS Certified Green®

Ontario, Canada – Stance Healthcare [Stance], a healthcare furniture manufacturer, receives MAS Certified Green® Low VOC Emitting Materials Certification.

Committed to continuous improvement in furniture sustainability, Stance voluntarily participated to have their products undergo rigorous volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions testing through the MAS Certified Green® program.

The drive behind emission testing is to limit the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released into indoor environments. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors.

Being Certified Green® is confirmation that Stance’s healthcare furniture has been thoughtfully designed and manufactured to dramatically lower chemical emissions released into the indoor healthcare environment.

“This is the future of manufacturing. We voluntarily participate in sustainability programs so that our customers know they can trust the products we are manufacturing for healthcare environments,” says President, Carl Kennedy.  “When developing products, we consider the environmental impact we have and look for sustainable solutions to our manufacturing processes.”

If you require more information on the MAS Certified Green® Low VOC Emitting Materials Certification please visit www.mascertfiedgreen.com.

 

Frontier Collection Wins Gold Nightingale Award

Last week at the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference, our Frontier Collection won the GOLD Nightingale Award in the furniture collections category.

The Nightingale Awards honor new products that are exhibited at the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference in November. Presented by Contract and Healthcare Design magazines in partnership with the Center for Health Design, the Nightingale Awards recognize contribution to the healthcare built environment through product design and innovation that contributes to healing.  Complete List of Winners

Read the full press release here.

Healthcare Interior Design 2.0 Podcast Featuring Suzanne Fawley

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Healthcare Interior Design 2.0 just released their latest episode featuring our very own Behavioral Health Interior Design consultant Suzanne Fawley. Have a listen.

Part 1: Suzanne Fawley – Behavioral Health Consultant at Stance Healthcare on her early childhood experiences in the ED where her mother was an RN and the director of the department. “There were times when the school bus let me off at the hospital,” explains Suzanne. “Most of the time I watched people, and noticed how they processed anger or hurt and pain, and illness.” This and more on the changing face of behavioral health design in part 1.

Part 2: In the second half of Cheryl’s conversation with Suzanne Fawley, Suzanne breaks down her first furniture design for Stance Healthcare, which won the Resilia/HD Nightingale Award. Suzanne shares, “Resilia offers the same cylinder shape table that is often seen in the industry, however, the surround is made out of forbo marmoleum which is an asbestos free flooring. You can’t pick at it and pull it apart or make it into a weapon. So it is very safe.” This and more on the intricacies of furniture built specifically for the behavioral health setting, and offered by Stance Healthcare.

New Products: Upholstered Drum Tables & Attessa Jr.

This month we launched two new collections. First, our Upholstered Drum Tables are available in a variety of sizes with an optional plinth base and/or solid surface top. These tables offer versatility in healthcare environments since they can also be used for additional seating or as an ottoman. Second, inspired by our Attessa modular lounge seating collection, Attessa Jr. is designed for children and offers flexible designs for a wide range of pediatric spaces. The child-friendly modular components of Attessa Jr. are build with durability and safety as a top priority.

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But there’s more! You asked for it, and we’ve delivered. Our popular Cassia Lounge Collection is now available with open arms! Finally, we’ve also introduced a woodgrain powedercoat finish for our Kite Metal Folding Chairs. This finish has the warm look of wood, but the durability of metal. You can also view the Kite Metal Folding Chair in a woodgrian powdercoat finish at Healthcare Design Conference + Expo from November 3rd – 5th in New Orleans.

Stance Healthcare Launches New Website

 

Ontario, Canada – Stance Healthcare (Stance), a leader in healthcare furniture, is proud to announce the launch of their redesigned website. This site is product-focused, allowing manufacturer representatives, dealers, and the architecture and design community to navigate the site efficiently when researching healthcare furniture.

The website has been updated with a modern and minimalistic look and feel which is more representative of the company Stance is today. Users will also have a great browsing experience no matter what device they are using since the website has been re-developed to adapt to all devices and screen sizes.

The navigation menu has been revamped to be more intuitive, product information has been condensed to appear on a single webpage, and an abundance of new modern product imagery has been included. It is easier than ever for users to find what they’re looking for, whether it be pricing, images, or finishes. The website will continue to include a live chat feature – although it also has a brand-new look!

New sections of the website include an insights page for industry information and a dynamic gallery that links users to featured products. Users will also have the opportunity to get a realistic 360-degree view of select seating products, and the rep locator is now conveniently located on the homepage.

“We’ve built a website that is more image-based and supports the evolving needs of furniture specifiers,” says Carl Kennedy, President. “We want to make specifying our products as effortless as possible. The new look and feel of this website reflect the direction of the Stance brand, and is just one of many investments we are making in new technologies to both drive and support our growth”.

View the redesigned website at www.stancehealthcare.com

Stance Healthcare Partners with Frövi North America

Bringing innovative, distinctive commercial furniture to North America

Ontario, Canada (July 22, 2019) – Stance Healthcare (Stance) is pleased to announce its partnership with Frövi North America (Frövi NA), the American subsidiary of Frövi UK, a family-owned British commercial furniture company for social spaces, inspired by Scandinavian design.

The partnership between Stance and Frövi NA will see Frövi NA build on their success in the North American market by leveraging the strong relationships and distribution network Stance has built over the past decade, within the contract furniture industry. Each company will approach the market independently through their respective independent sales rep groups.

Frövi NA will take advantage of Stance’s supply chain and skilled production team as Stance gradually expands the capabilities of their Kitchener manufacturing facility to include the production of select Frövi NA products and distribution of them throughout Canada and the United States.

Carl Kennedy will remain President of Stance Healthcare while also assuming the role of Sales Director for Frövi North America. His responsibilities will include overseeing the strategic introduction and expansion of Frövi NA to the North American Market. Carl will continue to leverage his industry knowledge and relationships to ensure the success of both Stance and Frövi NA as they continue to grow.

“We are excited about the opportunity to bring Frövi NA to the North American market.” says Carl Kennedy, President, Stance Healthcare/Sales Director, Frövi North America. “I believe their strong brand and design-forward products, combined with our industry relationships and distribution model, will ensure a successful and sustainable presence for the Frovi brand in North America.”

“With shared core values and a focus on quality crafted furniture, Stance Healthcare is the perfect partner to help us enter the North American Market,” says Ben Dunham, Design Director, Frövi. “By leveraging their knowledge of the market, we look forward to expanding our business and raising the profile of our brand within the North American contract furniture industry.

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5 Behavioral Health Educational Sessions You’ll Want to Attend at HCD 2018

This year  Healthcare Design Expo + Conference is taking place in Arizona at the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona. Seeing that we are a company located North of the border, we’re certainly looking forward to this event! You’ll find us at booth# 835 encouraging you to try the sit of our new Kite Metal Folding Chair and giving away adorable coloring books. Did you know coloring can reduce stress and anxiety levels?

While at the conference, you’ll also want to catch one of these 5 sessions focused on designing for Behavioral Health:

E01: Psychiatric Ward Design Can Reduce Aggressive Behavior
Sunday, November 11th, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

This presentation describes a design theory proposing that aggression in psychiatric facilities can be reduced by designing the physical environment with several evidence-grounded stress-reducing features. The theory was tested in a newer hospital in Sweden having wards with nearly all the features. Clinical data on aggressive behavior, compulsory injections, and physical restraints were compared with data from an older facility that had only one stress-reducing feature. Aggression levels were lowest in the newer facility, as evidenced by reductions in compulsory injections and physical restraints. The research suggests that designing better psychiatric buildings using reasoned theory, the best available evidence, and dialogue with informed clinical staff can reduce the major safety threat posed by aggressive behavior.

A12: Institute for Patient-Centered Design Educational Session – Behavioral Health Innovation
Sunday, November 11, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

This session will explore research and development of a behavioral health patient room, in which facility designers not only focused on the space, but they redesigned each component of the room to create a safer, more patient friendly solution.

I05: Safety for All: Keeping Patients and Staff Safe in Behavioral Health
Sunday, November 11, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Mental health awareness is on the rise and there is a is a marked increase in patients presenting at emergency departments who require treatment for mental health issues. This unique patient population has very specific needs and requires environments that are safe for both the patient and the staff. This roundtable will review two case studies of built behavioral health areas within the existing emergency department. Attendees will get an in-depth look at the materials, products, and systems developed to provide safe and durable environments and discuss the outcomes.

E89: A Holistic Approach to Behavioral Health Treatment Facilities
Tuesday, November 13, 2018: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

The Neuro-Diagnostic Institute and Advanced Treatment Center is Indiana’s first new state mental hospital since 1952. First of its kind, this facility will diagnosis and develop treatment plans for all ages with a wide range of brain-related illnesses. The facility, scheduled to begin serving patients in early 2019, will be a key component allowing Indiana to be equipped to diagnose and care for those who suffer from neurological and mental health disorders. The design utilizes the existing Community East infrastructure to form a new facility and a connector between the two buildings, with a variety of new systems and state-of-the-art equipment.

E109: A Joining of Hands: Holistically Caring for the Behavioral Health Patient
Tuesday, November 13, 2018: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

“Improved access for patients,” “hotel-like care environments,” and “modern treatment facilities” are buzz words we hear today in the healthcare design industry. Unfortunately, behavioral health-focused facilities are often excluded from this conversation. This regional hospital behavioral health expansion is having that conversation. The project not only seeks to create modern facilities, but will consolidate behavioral health services into one building, allowing staff collaboration and access to patients from crisis intervention to outpatient counseling. This presentation will highlight the design and collaboration process with clinicians as well as strategies for flexibility and growth for the future, implemented with design team assistance.

Haven’t signed up yet for the show? Register here!

Stance Healthcare’s Big Bike Ride Raises Over $7,500

The unpredictable weather didn’t prevent the staff at Stance Healthcare from participating in the Heart and Strokes Big Bike fundraising event for the second year in a row.  Employees eagerly rode the Big Red Bike through the streets of Kitchener for about 20 minutes.  Surpassing last year’s fundraising dollars, staff raised over $3000, our suppliers donated over $1000, and Stance Healthcare generously matched the employees fundraising goal, for a combined fundraising total of over $7,500!

The funds raised help ensure that critical research in hospitals and universities across Canada can continue. It supports the vision of creating healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke.

Top 5 Highlights from NeoCon 2018

NeoCon, the most important contract furniture event of the year, is always an overwhelming experience – from long elevator lines and getting lost on the show floor to the overload of texture, color, and inspiration! Below are our Top 5 Highlights from NeoCon 2018:

  1.  2018 BEST LARGE BOOTH DESIGN

One of our top highlights from NeoCon 2018 had to be our show space. Interior Designer Suzanne Fawley created a space that could be remembered, an experience – a place where conversations take place. Before the show we were ecstatic to hear that Stance Healthcare had won the award for Best Large Booth Design from the IIDA and Contract Magazine. If you didn’t have a chance to see the space, you can visit it on Instagram, or view the 360 pictures on Facebook.

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2. HiP AWARD HONOREE

Interior Design’s HiP Award recognizes innovative products at NeoCon. And although we didn’t win, one of the highlights from NeoCon 2018 was when our Carson Sleeper won “honoree” status in the health & wellness furniture category.  This sleeper has a small footprint and can be specified according to the space available.

  1. PRODUCTS CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT

Our manufacturer reps spent a lot of time perusing our space with clients and providing us with feedback on products currently in development. Below were some of their favorites:

Attessa Curve Modular Seating

Attessa Curved – This modular lounge seating has a curved back and seat, providing a softer look to suit a wide range of spaces. Its modular components are built to serve high-traffic, public areas.

Attessa Pods

Attessa “Pod” – This product was developed as we begin to see more application for private spaces in healthcare. This is the same product as our current Attessa, but with the added height of privacy panels.

Corina Lounge

Carina Lounge – Another option in lounge seating, this collection has sleek geometric lines creating a more contemporary look. Bold, yet sophisticated.

  1. INDUSTRY FRIENDS

Of course, a list of highlights from NeoCon 2018 wouldn’t be complete without seeing old friends and meeting some new ones. As always, we enjoyed a visit with our fabric suppliers who gave us the inside scoop on what’s new in textiles. A virtual reality session from Kisp made me think more about where this industry is going concerning technology. The only bit of swag we were able to pick up came from a visit to Project Matrix where we received a wine tumbler (not that I’m complaining).  Lastly, thank you to our good friends from My Resource Library who were decked out in green and stopped by for a visit.

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5. FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT

Work hard, play hard…right? We started off the show on Sunday evening with a tame dinner but finished with good times at Howl at the Moon.  The three days that followed were mostly spent in the booth during the day but eating some classic Chicago food in the evening – deep dish pizza anyone?!

Those are the highlights from NeoCon 2018 – see you next year!

Enhanced Show Space at NeoCon’s 50th Anniversary Show

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Ontario, Canada (April 2018) – Stance Healthcare, a manufacturer of furniture for healing environments, has enhanced their show space for Neocon 2018 – one of the most recognizable tradeshows in commercial design.

This year Stance Healthcare’s show space has doubled in size to include 850 square feet of highquality products that meet the ever-evolving demands of the healthcare industry as it relates to infection control, safety, design and comfort. Newly released products you can expect to see at the show include the Marna Seating Collection and Carson Sleeper. Also, Stance Healthcare is excited to be featuring several innovative new furniture designs that are in the final stages of development.

Designed by Behavioral Health interior designer Suzanne Fawley, the enhanced show space will incorporate healthcare inspired color selections, durable textures, and the calming feeling of nature paired with furniture designed specifically for the challenging Healthcare and Behavioral Health environments.

“The goal of the enhanced show space is to promote a feeling that will be remembered, an experience, a place where conversations have depth instead of a space where the obligatory walk-through takes place and nothing is remembered or learned.” says Suzanne Fawley, Design Consultant. “The space will emphasize healthcare area specific vignettes to guide conversation and promote knowledge share.”

“We are very excited about the enhanced show space Suzanne has envisioned for Stance Healthcare,” says Carl Kennedy, President. “We look forward to providing show attendees with a space that highlights the relationship between the healthcare and behavioral health interior environment and furniture.”

In celebration, Stance Healthcare will be hosting a cocktail party in their new show space (booth 7-4050) at NeoCon 2018 on Monday, June 11th from 3 – 5pm at The Mart in Chicago. For show information visit www.neocon.com

Top Healthcare Design Links in March

Below are our top 3 healthcare design links in March:

New Product Alert – Carson Sleeper
Everyone must be interested in getting more sleep as our post on our new Carson sleeper received the most attention we’ve seen in a while! It’s no wonder, this sleeper is user-friendly and its bench is ideal for patient rooms where space is at a premium.

Partnership with The Center for Health Design
This month we were happy to announce our partnership with The Center for Health Design.  Together we are producing some great tools and educational opportunities related to designing for behavioral and mental health. Most recently we were involved in the launch of the Behavioral Health toolbox.  View the tool box here.

3 Crucial Considerations When Design A Waiting Room
Our latest blog post was a hit! Waiting happens in almost every healthcare setting, which is why it’s design is so important in healthcare design. The 3 crucial considerations discussed in this blog post include overall layout, furniture selection and incorporating design elements.

NEW – Marna Seating Collection

 

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The Marna Healthcare Seating Collection combines modern, minimalist aesthetics with robust engineering methods that exceed all necessary requirements for outstanding performance in healthcare environments.

Features and options include a limited lifetime warranty, 14-gauge internal steel seat frame, removable seat and back upholstery covers, wood side frames, flex-back option, custom wood frame finishes, contrasting fabrics and more!

You can see Marna’s sleek lines for yourself during a Facebook Live broadcast on February 1st at 2pm with our sales specialist Tracey. You will also have the opportunity to see our newest addition to wood seating in person at NeoCon in June.

Resilia Drum Table Receives GOLD Nightingale Award

This morning our Resilia Drum Table received the GOLD Nightingale Award in the furniture collections category.

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The Nightingale Awards honor new products that are exhibited at the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference in November. Presented by Contract and Healthcare Design magazines in partnership with the Center for Health Design, the Nightingale Awards recognize contribution to the healthcare built environment through product design and innovation that contributes to healing.  Complete List of Winners

Top Links for October

Below are our most popular social media posts for the month of October:

New Healthcare Furniture Designs for Pediatric Spaces
A “Junior” version of our popular Accent Chair, along with coordinating activity tables have officially launched this October in advance of the Healthcare Design Expo + Conference.  The Accent Junior has similar features and options as its parent design but resized with a child’s comfort in mind

Stance Healthcare’s Riviera Lounge Chair Nominated for Readers’ Choice
Our Riviera Lounge chair was nominated for Interior + Sources 2017 Readers’ Choice award for Best Product.  The general public was invited to vote on Interior + Sources website – fingers crossed we WIN!

3 Technology Features  to Improve Behavioral Health Design
As the treatment of mental illness and substance abuse disorders gains parity within the healthcare environment, new approaches are evolving to accommodate the particular needs of these patients. Facility design for these patients must balance the need to provide a healing environment with adequate security for patients, families, visitors, and staff.

Preparing for Healthcare Design Expo + Conference

Healthcare Design Expo + ConferenceTaking place in November, the Healthcare Design Expo + Conference highlights best practices, sustainable design trends, inspiration for planning and top healthcare design products. If you’re a healthcare architect, designer, facility manager or researcher – this is the place to be!

Below are a few tips to help you make the most of this industry event of the year:

Check the Weather
It’s Florida, and it’s sunny – don’t forget your flip-flops and sunscreen. Although the event is mainly indoors, there will be a Havana nights networking party held onsite Monday night on the beautiful outdoor lawn.

Decisions, Decisions
Decide in advance which educational sessions, workshops, and tours you want to attend. From Behavioral Health Practices to Transformation and Innovation, there is a broad range of topics and many different educational tracks to choose from. You won’t be able to attend them all, so decide what’s important to you ahead of time.  Also keep in mind that space for workshops and tours are limited, so decide early to ensure you receive a spot.

Prepare to Party
The Monday night networking party will help you unwind from an intense day of learning. To make the most of the evening, try to get a good night’s sleep on Sunday, or fit in a 15-minute catnap between educational sessions (I won’t tell).  It’s also important to stay hydrated!

Say Hello to Exhibitors
Don’t forget to visit all your favorite exhibitors, including Stance Healthcare at booth# 1623.  Stop by and say hello; we’ll want to show you all our newest products for healthcare including our Verity Sleeper and Accent Jr.

Have a fantastic time!

Top 3 Healthcare Design Links for September

Below are our most popular social media posts for the month of September:

Mountain Park Health Center Flips Marine and Boat Supply Store
The SmithGroupJJR team has transformed a former 30,000-square-foot boat dealership into a vibrant community health center that balances clinical efficiency with amenities that promote energy and wellness in an underserved community.

Cancer Survivors, Current Patients and Family Members Advise on Design
A patient advisory group of cancer survivors, current patients, and family members informed much of the design for the University of Wisconsin Cancer Center at ProHealth Care in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The healthcare center recently caught the attention of Healthcare Design Magazine’s 2017 Design Showcase Awards when it was given honorable mention for delivering on design in numerous ways.

8 Healthcare Design Lessons from Shadowing a Nurse
In this article, you’ll read about the Inconvenient meeting spaces, inadequate task seating, and frequent interruptions a healthcare designer observed during a nurses eight-hour shift.

 

See You At The Show!

The Healthcare Design Expo + Conference takes place from November 11-14, 2017 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, FL.  Devoted to how the design of responsibly built environments directly impacts the safety, operation, clinical outcomes, and financial success of healthcare facilities, this is the premier healthcare design industry show of the year.

You will find Stance Healthcare at booth 1623 highlighting our top behavioral healthcare products and discussing the latest trends in healthcare design.  Sign up before Saturday, September 30th for early bird rates.

Top 3 Links for August

Below are our most popular social media posts for the month of August:

Midwest Representation
Everyone was interested to read about our new representatives in the Midwest.  Lyons Company LLC now represents Stance Healthcare products in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska. Principal, Dick Lyons, has been in the contract furniture business for 45 years and established the Lyons Company over 23 years ago.

Words to Live By
On #NationalBookLoversDay Carl Kennedy, President at Stance Healthcare, shared his Top 5 notable books on personal growth and development. This article reflects on his personal key takeaways from each book and how they have shaped the decisions he makes on a daily basis.

Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals

The 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. (2017)
As reported by Soliant Health, this article highlights the Top 20 hospitals in America.  The voting public decides the rankings based on which hospital they believe makes patients feel better upon arrival. We’ve also included this list on Stance Healthcare’s own Pinterest board.

Proud Sponsor of CHD Behavioral Health Workshop

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On September 26th. 2017, The Center for Health Design is hosting a workshop titled Behavioral Health—Strategic Facility Design Innovations that Improve Treatment Outcomes, Safety and the Bottom Line. Stance Healthcare is proud to sponsor this interactive workshop that enables design professionals to employ physical design strategies and methodologies that support improved care for behavioral health. The workshop will feature industry thought leaders and real-world strategies that support behavioral health populations.

This learning opportunity aligns with Stance Healthcare’s vision of providing behavioral health patients with safe and comfortable healing environments. Stance Healthcare’s furnishings are designed to be aesthetically pleasing, yet able to withstand intense environments, and are easy-to-clean.  They have also been developed in consultation with healthcare interior designers, behavioral health practitioners, facility managers and housekeeping staff.

If you are intending to design new mental and behavioral health facilities or wishing to evaluate the quality of your existing facility, you should attend this educational session. By registering for the workshop before August 31st, not only will you get early bird pricing, but you’ll also be entered to win Mardelle Shepley’s new book (I already ordered mine!) and a one-year CHD webinar pass!  Registration details can be found on The Center for Healthcare Design’s website.

 

Midwest Representation

Stance Healthcare is pleased to announce the addition of the Lyons Company manufacturers rep group to the team.

Lyons Company LLC represents Stance Healthcare products in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska. In addition to healthcare furniture, the company represents communication systems and fabrics.  Principal, Dick Lyons, has been in the contract furniture business for 45 years and established the Lyons Company over 23 years ago.  Providing the organization with sales and marketing leadership, Dick has built a successful team of passionate educated individuals.  You can visit their newly designed website here: http://lyonscompanyllc.com

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Top 3 Healthcare Design Links for July

Biophilic Design – A Pathway to WELL Certification
The ASID’s new headquarters is the first space to receive both the WELL Platinum and LEED Platinum certifications.  One of the requirements for achieving WELL certification for building interiors is the incorporation of biophilic design.  You can view the space here.

The Patient Room of the Future
This slideshow includes images of patient rooms with large video screens on the wall that can be used for telemedicine or to display patient health information.  Additional concepts also include a patient room configured for dining and is “family friendly”.

Color Theory in Healthcare Design: Altro’s Thoughts on Selecting Finishes
This article discusses how color is all around us, impacting our lives and affecting our moods, thinking, and overall health. It also emphasizes the importance of selecting colors that are best suited for healthcare facilities.

Top 3 Healthcare Design Links for June

This month’s most popular links include a couple from NeoCon 2017.

VIDEO: NeoCon 2017 – Sneak Peek
Many of you tuned in to watch our first Facebook Live event (or the recorded version).  Our live video event highlighted some of the products we were showcasing at NeoCon 2017.  Although the show is over, you can still watch the video to learn more about our Riviera Seating for Behavioral Health environments and see the cuteness of our Accent Jr. Just don’t mind the bloopers!

Designing Hospitals for the Millennial Generation
As the youngest millennials are now entering adulthood, this segment must now be considered when designing healthcare facilities.  In this article, you’ll find some of the implications of designing for this generation including mobile furniture, hoteling spaces, and community gardens.

NeoCon 2017 on Pinterest
We know you love pinterest!  Check out our NeoCon 2017 pins!

Celebrating 10 Years In Business

10 Years in BusinessWith a keen eye for design and an appetite for business strategy, Carl found his passion in the healthcare industry.  Over ten years ago Carl began building a business dedicated to providing quality healthcare furniture and exceptional customer service.  Initially a manufacturer of metal chairs for waiting rooms, Stance Healthcare has rapidly expanded the breadth and depth of their furniture selection in a very short period.

The organization has seen exponential growth over the past few years; and its success wouldn’t have been possible without a steady stream of innovative products, fabulous customers, talented individuals, and preferred suppliers.

In celebration, Stance Healthcare hosted a company function for staff on Friday, June 16th.  The afternoon was filled with games, prizes, lunch and of course cake!

The future is looking good.  In consultation with behavioral health practitioners, facility managers, and housekeeping staff, Stance Healthcare will continue to provide the market with innovative healthcare & behavioral health furniture designs, educational opportunities, and enhanced customer service.

NeoCon 2017 – That’s A Wrap!

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After a year of preparation and anticipation, it’s over in a matter of days.  NeoCon, the 3-day event that attracts over 50,000 design professionals, is one of the most recognized trade shows in the commercial design industry.  The show inspires design, is fashion forward and has lots of opportunity for industry networking and site seeing.

We were proud to be exhibiting this year; showing off some of our recently released healthcare furniture products, and a few still in their infancy.  If the crowds or long elevator lines prevented you from visiting us at the show, below is a recap of the products we had on display:

Behavioral Health Products

Riviera Lounge Seating
Resilia Drum Tables
Vista II
Onward Lounge
Gibraltar Patient Room Case Goods (not yet released)

Healthcare Products

Integrity Highback
Oasis Recliner
Legend Metal Seating
Cassia Sleeper (not yet released)
Accent Junior (not yet released)
Delta Metal Seating (not yet released)

Interested in some of the products we haven’t officially released?  I encourage you to sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know about new products releases, company news, and events.

Thank you to everyone who fought the crowds and took the time to visit our booth.  Also, a special “shout-out” to InDealInteriors + Sources and My Resource Library for sharing the love of our space and healthcare furniture designs on social media.

We can’t wait to do it all again next year – see you at NeoCon 2018!

 

Top 3 Healthcare Design Links for May

This month’s most popular links were focused on color and innovative design.

Pantone Says This Colour Can Increase Your Optimism
Pantone gave the world a much-needed pick-me-up with a color called Natural Optimism – a light shade of blue which has been created to give people a phycological boost. Earlier this month we shared on Twitter a design mix using Natural Optimism – it received a lot of love!

Colour Theory in Healthcare Design: Altro’s Thoughts on Selecting Finishes
Many interior designers are familiar with the importance of evidence-based design principles to reduce patient stress in healthcare facilities.  They also realize determining color for a healthcare facility requires careful consideration.  This article explains how employing a biophilic design strategy is helping designers create comforting and relaxing healthcare environments.

Drum Roll Please!
Everyone must have been just as excited as we were this month when we launched Resilia.  This drum table offers a heightened level of durability with its innovative Marmoleum™ surface (yes, flooring product!).  The Marmoleum offers enhanced resilience, easy maintenance and is available in a wide range of finishes and textures. Resilia is the epitome of innovative product design for healthcare.

 

Top 3 Healthcare Design Links for April

Our top clicked-through links in April focused on designing for behavioral health environments.

Vista II Announces New Additions To The Family!
There was a lot of interest in our Vista II for Behavioral Health.  It’s now available in 3 configurations and 2 widths for a total of 6 options to choose from!  With this many options, it can be used in many different applications including common areas, dining rooms, patient rooms and group therapy environments.Vista II BH Chairs

 

Designs That Heal
This article identifies the trend towards non-institutional behavioral health spaces.  It also includes a list of design features considered to be most important for patients and staff such as specifying damage-resistant and attractive furnishings, with a focus on using durable furniture that doesn’t look institutional.

Creating A Positive First Impression With Healthcare Lobbies
Traditional stark and noisy lobbies are out!  More emphasis is being placed on creating warm healthcare lobbies with hospitality-like features.  Some of these features include comfortable couches, educational kiosks, and soaring views that bathe visitors in natural daylight.  The article also touches on the expanding role of lobbies and waiting areas to include cafés and retail spaces.  Waiting rooms are no longer just for “waiting”.

   

Top 3 Healthcare Design Links For March

Our top links in March were solely focused on Healthcare Design…

Case StudyCase Study- St. Mary’s Medical Center
This case study looks at the remodeling of St. Mary’s Family Medicine Center, an NCQA certified patient centered medical home. In their latest transformation, St. Mary’s objective was to design three differentiated spaces while still providing a cohesive healing environment.

Bad Hospital Design is Making Us Sicker
It’s no secret that hospital acquired infections and falls are major issues for many hospitals due to poor design.  This article looks at additional bad design features and highlights the need to change the way we build, maintain and work in hospitals in order to promote rest and healing.

Design Can Provide Comfort for Palliative, Hospice Care Patients and Families
Hospice’s aim to comfort a patient near the end of life, rather than focusing on a cure.  This articles discusses how aesthetic design must help patients and family members cope with the situation, in addition to providing private places to talk with members of the care team.

 

Our Top 3 Healthcare Design Links for January

Last month, Stance Healthcare participated in the #BellLetsTalk campaign (you can read more about our involvement here). Therefore, two of our most read articles in January weren’t related to healthcare design, but instead discussed behavioral health and mental illness.  Check them out below:

Duchess Kate Perfectly Nails Why People Don’t Seek Mental Health Help
Kate explains the challenge that so many people have is not knowing how to take that first step of reaching out to another person for help.  She also states that fear, or a sense of not wanting to burden another, means that people suffer in silence ― allowing the problem to grow larger and larger unchecked.

Top 5 Healthcare Design Ideas For 2017
One of the Top 5 Healthcare Design Ideas for 2017 includes facility upgrades to therapeutic environments that will balance regulatory concerns and safety. Securing furniture to walls and floors are one of the safety upgrades to be considered. Furniture specific for the behavioral healthcare environment include sled bases and bolt-to-floor brackets that will aid in safety for patients and caregivers.

Routine That Supports Good Mental Health
Routines make healthy choices easier and reduce stress. Routines that include some of these habits, can help support emotional health:

·       A healthy breakfast
·       Exercise
·       Prioritize your to-do list
·       Appreciate what’s good in your life
·       Build and enjoy your relationships